AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin police are investigating more than $30,000 in unpaid bills dating back to 2005 for police services provided during events surrounding the Republic of Texas Biker Rally .
The overdue bills total $30,722.38 from ROT events in 2005 and 2006, but the department is still trying to determine who owes them. A KXAN investigation determined the original invoices went to the promoters of the event, instead of the event organizers and owners, Jerry and Colleen Bragg.
"The Braggs are working with us really well," said APD Commander William Manno. "They care about this. It's an important event for them and they're going to take care of it."
Those invoices, obtained by KXAN, were sent to event promoters, Roadstar Production and Roadway Productions, LLC, but those companies are not responsible for paying the bills for the event.
"We're trying to figure out where that communication between the production company and the owner of the event didn't take place on those bills," said Manno. "Not just ROT Rally, but many other events, a production company or promotion company will come and fill out the paperwork not realizing they would be the ones that would be billed for it and so when they received the bills, apparently a lot of time they were just ignored. They weren't forwarded over to the parent company or organization that had the event."
The Austin Police Department Special Events Office is now focused on finding more of the original invoices to determine who is responsible for paying the bills. Since a KXAN News investigation uncovered more than $800,000 in unpaid bills owed to APD, the City of Austin Legal Department has also started investigating. The department has also now collected about half of that money.
Despite a new APD policy that does not grant special event permits to any event organizer more than 90 days past due on a bill, the ROT Rally will go on as scheduled this weekend.
"There's a lot of parameters to consider in that decision not to go forward with a permit," said Manno. "One of those is how well have they worked with you in years past- how well they are working with you recently."
Manno said ROT Rally organizers are completely paid up from 2008 to present and they have been working with APD to sort out the old charges, which is why Rally organizers were granted a permit this year.
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